Durham earned three degrees from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (G.E. '39; C.E. '40; PD '45) before moving to Omaha, Nebraska to join his college sweetheart, the former Margre Henningson, and beginning his professional life as an engineer with Henningson Engineering Company.
Durham began work at Henningson Engineering Company for Margre Henningson's father, Henning Henry Henningson, in 1940. Within ten years the company officially changed its name to Henningson, Durham, and Richardson, Inc or HDR, Inc., under Durham's leadership. Durham grew the firm from 15 employees to 1,700 before retiring.
Durham also founded and ran the firm Durham Resources until his death in 2008 
Philanthropic and Civic Achievements
Iowa State University Distinguished Alumni Award 1992
Director of the Panama Canal Co.
Iowa State University
The Charles W. Durham and Marge Henningson Durham Center for Computation and Communication
H.H. Henningson Plaza (next to Howe Hall) donated by Durham in honor of his father-in-law
Durham Visualization Laboratory
University of Nebraska Omaha
Durham Science Center
Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Charles W. and Margre H. Durham Distinguished Professor of Information Science and Technology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Durham Research Center & Durham Research Plaza
Durham Research Center II
Notes & External Links
All references retrieved on May 9, 2008 unless otherwise noted.
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- ISU Electrical and Computer Engineering: Department History
- Local philanthropist, UNO supporter dies at 90 - News
- University of Nebraska Foundation :
- The Durham Museum - Renovation